West Allis, WI Stunt Plane Crashes, May 1921
CRASHING STUNT PLANE INJURES 16 SPECTATORS AT MILWAUKEE RACES.
[Special To The Gazette]
Milwaukee - Sixteen persons were badly hurt Sunday, one of them so seriously he may die, when an airplane fell into a crowded box at West Allis, Wis., just outside Milwaukee.
The injured are:
MISS LIDIA BEAN.
MR. and MRS. A. E. HELM.
CHARLES W. KOCH.
AL WILSON, aviator; slightly bruised.
FRANK A. DE PRUNDA.
ADOLPH HEISE, whose spine is believed to have been broken.
MRS. ALPHONSINE KARTES.
Great Crowd at Track.
The perfect day and the luring posters to be seen all around Milwaukee had packed the grandstands to capacity.
One of the "stunts" was that of jumping from the top of a speeding automobile to a rope ladder attached to a racing plane.
The auto, driven by Louis Disbrow, dashed around the track, followed by a comet's tail of dust. High overhead soared the airplane in charge of Dallas M. Speers.
The auto circled the track, and as it approached the grandstand WILSON crawled out of a seat and climbed on top. The airplane descended. The noise of its motor was overwhelming. The rope ladder came fluttering down. It missed the auto. The airplane zoomed and circled, and tried the stunt again.
Missed Six Times.
Six times the rope ladder missed its mark. On the seventh attempt it caught in the exhaust pipe of the auto. It happened in front of the grandstand, and as one man the great crowd stood up quickly. The pull of the rope jerked up the rear end of the auto. WILSON was thrown forty feet and went rolling over the ground.
The auto turned sharply and still tied to the airplane, fetched the plane smartly about from south to north. The great machine fell roaring and crashing into the stands before the occupants of the box had time to flee.
Daredevil and Plane Pilot Escape.
AL WILSON, the daredevil leaper, was not hurt. He was one of the first to reach the grandstand. The aviator managed to shut off the motor and to prevent any danger of fire. He was only slightly bruised and shaken up.
The Milwaukee police and fire departments were notified, and a number of ambulances were at the fair grounds in a few moments. The police and firemen lifted the plane and dragged out WEISS who had been pinned to the floor. The injured were rushed to the Emergency hospital.
Ten minutes after the last ambulance had clanged away the auto races were resumed.
Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1921-05-30